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- 2 Dutch
- 3 French
- 4 Middle French
- 5 Old French
- 6 Welsh
- (General American) IPA(key): /nɝf/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /nɜːf/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)f
Circa 1950s? (Please provide an etymology)
- (motor racing, transitive) To bump lightly, whether accidentally or purposefully.
- A racer will often nerf another as a psychological tactic.
From the Nerf brand of toys designed as non-dangerous counterparts of existing things, such as sports balls and guns.
- (transitive, slang, video games) To cripple or weaken an element of a video game during its development (such as a character, a weapon, a spell, etc.).
- Synonym: gimp
- The lightning spell was originally pretty powerful, but in the sequel they nerfed it so it became completely useless.
- (transitive, slang) To arbitrarily limit or reduce the capability of.
- 2019 May 17, Fred Lambert, Electrek, retrieved 2019-05-19:
- Tesla nerfs Autopilot in Europe due to new regulations
nerf (plural nerfs)
From earlier nerve, from Middle Dutch *narwe, either inherited from Old Dutch *narwa or borrowed from Middle Low German narwe, eventually from Proto-Germanic *narwō. For the change of -rwe → -rf, compare verf. Cognate with German Narbe (“scar”).
nerf m (plural nerfs)
- (anatomy) nerve
- (figuratively) force, power, strength
- Les nerfs, les garçons! On n'est pas sur un bateau de plaisance. — Put some muscle into it, boys! We are not on a pleasure boat!
- “nerf” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
nerf m (plural nerfz)
- French: nerf